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ABB Canada and ECM unveil Ontario-grown eHouse


Fadi Emeid (centre, with glasses), president & CEO of Elias Custom Metal Fabrication Ltd; Sam Emeid; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; MP Francesco Sorbera; Councillor Sandra Racco; and Steve Chomyc from ABB. Courtesy Elias Custom Metal Fabrication Ltd.

March 10, 2016 – Custom-designed and engineered in partnership with ABB Canada using 50% recycled materials, Elias Custom Metal (ECM) unveiled what it calls the first-ever electrical house (eHouse) manufactured in Ontario.

“Previously, Canadian companies often had to purchase eHouses from abroad. Now ECM has brought the capacity and skilled knowledge home to be manufactured here in Ontario,” said Fadi Emeid, ECM president & CEO.

The utility-grade, prefab eHouse was built for Enersource. It weighs over 60,000 lb and occupies 1100 sf, and measures 56 x 13 x 17 ft. According to ECM, this is the largest allowable size under Canada transportation rules and regulations. It is built to maximum dimensions and capacity limits for oversize loads.

This eHouse comes as a single welded unit rather than a modular one that requires assembly onsite. This makes it ideal for power plant upgrades, says ECM, as it can be built and tested offsite to minimize risks in the field. The enclosure is made with about 50% recycled material, equivalent to 30,000 lb, and sports double-wall insulation and built-in heating and A/C.

Once fully equipped by ABB and shipped to Enersource, ECM says the finished unit will weigh 130,000 lb.

PHOTO: Fadi Emeid (centre, with glasses), president & CEO of Elias Custom Metal Fabrication Ltd; Sam Emeid; Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan; MP Francesco Sorbera; Councillor Sandra Racco; and Steve Chomyc from ABB. Courtesy Elias Custom Metal Fabrication Ltd.